Many in the programming and development world have noticed that Go has been gaining momentum in recent times.It is now enjoying more and more use by programmers and engineers as well as IaaS and PaaS vendors. Go is such a reliable, uncomplicated and efficient programming language with a robust baseline API and native compiler that it’s not hard to see its potential.
Some of the main reasons cited as to why developers might want to consider working in the Go language include:
– when you need to integrate your code with other programs written in C, or any of its close relatives;
– when you need to utilise parallelism or concurrency to make the most out of the app you are coding (these features are well supported in Go);
– when you need, or simply prefer, to work in a type-safe programming language;
– when there is a need to work in a language that compiles rapidly and is imperative;
– when working on low-end devices or where there is a need (for any other reason) to minimise the computing power required to execute an app since Go is a distilled language and has been designed specifically to reduce the level of cognitive overhead necessary to write and read code;
– when you need to use event-driven programming but want (and who doesn’t) to avoid all the usual nonsense of futures, promises, empty promises, callbacks and all the other challenges that come with inferior programming languages.
The fact that Go excels in all of these areas is no accident; it’s what it was designed from the outset to do.
It’s largely thanks to these features, alongside Go’s awesome performance, simplicity, intuitive design and the commitment of Google to ensure that the language has a future, that some are predicting that we are about to see a change in the industry. Such a change, in fact, that a few industry sources are speculating that Go may have as great an impact on the development world as Ruby did back in 2004.
Ruby has indeed become a dominant force in many areas over the last twelve years. However, Python, C/C++ and Java still dominate in teaching and many of the top universities. So even if Go completely replaces Ruby, those languages will almost certainly continue unabated.
Indeed, Go really is more of an evolution than a revolution. It’s a tempting alternative to Python, Ruby and C/C++ as well as to other platforms such as Node.js. Go is also predicted by experts to become dominant in the PaaS market and should have a significant impact in the server-side market too. However for Go to have any notable effect beyond that it certainly needs more people to start using it – beyond those who work for Google!
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